HISTORY AND MISSION

NÛN SCHOOLS

At NÛN Schools, serving Allah is viewed as an integral part of nurturing future generations and individuals committed to their core values. Therefore, we have adopted the six most important values that have kept our civilization alive for centuries as the values of the school. The values of love, respect, decency, responsibility, compassion, and justice that we adopt are incorporated into our students throughout their education. These values shape their character, preparing them to contribute to the world as individuals who strive to create a better and more peaceful society.

NÛN Schools are aware that raising leaders who have a voice in the future is accomplished by teachers who know all the details of their profession. We strive to work together with teachers who touch the lives of students and guide them. Hence, NÛN teachers are carefully selected and fully aware of their responsibility to nurture individuals who will bring meaning to life. They open windows to the students’ emotional and intellectual worlds, understanding that teaching is far more than just a profession.

Due to its unique location, NÛN Schools offer students an experience without boundaries. They learn by touching and exploring the earth, intertwining with nature, and they learn to work in cooperation for a sustainable world. Taking an active part in an atmosphere where the knowledge and talent inherent in human beings are discovered and exposed through time spent in nature, they make great progress in their artistic, scientific, and sports activities with their observations and experiences. Out-of-school learning allows students to grow up as individuals who can focus quickly and have self-discipline; their memory and health are refreshed as they develop social connections and creativity. With the time they spend in nature, students have the opportunity to discover and develop their abilities, such as establishing cause-and-effect relationships, taking responsibility, and observing and exploring natural life. 

Special classes have been prepared to allow a holistic understanding of some of the lessons. Students are involved in efficient learning processes in science, art, and music classrooms.

NÛN CAMPS

Since 2019, the philosophy behind NÛN Camps, where we organize enriching training programs for students, has been to expand our connection with future generations and create environments that nurture them both physically and spiritually.

  • Let’s grow and learn and grow as we know.
  • Let’s raise our leader spirit.
  • Let’s increase our capabilities!
  • Discover your potential.

At Summer Camp Istanbul, our priority is to raise “good-willing people.” 

We believe that it is possible to raise young people who make their decisions based on knowledge and conscience into behavior with their willpower, protect their integrity, benefit themselves and society, and build a bridge between the past and the present for a better and more peaceful future, are full of love, respect, responsibility, justice, compassion, decency, and have an intellectual, aesthetic perspective and vision.

Additionally, we put effort into providing a structured, safe, caring, and multicultural education environment so that our students can recognize and respect different cultures and perspectives and dream of a shared future in our world where various ethnic and religious groups are getting closer to each other due to both developing technology and population movements based on various reasons. From this perspective, we are committed to providing each of our students with a quality education and training.

 

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

As human beings, we are responsible to each other for a peaceful world. This responsibility requires respecting each other’s diverse beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds. According to this approach, every individual and group is equally valuable. It is the most fundamental right of groups to protect their own identity, and it should not prevent them from integrating into the world.

We aim to raise individuals who are world citizens, have a sense of responsibility, respect and value different perspectives, are committed to protecting social justice and human rights, and can empathize with different cultures to make the world a more peaceful and sustainable place.

In order to enable our students to develop their intercultural communication skills on online platforms and digital applications, international educators from different parts of the world are provided training support in the fields of professional and skill development taught in various languages.  Within the scope of these courses, students have the opportunity to develop their research, discussion, inquiry, and intercultural awareness skills in course modules such as leadership, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, scientific studies, sustainable living, and gastronomy.

CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING

What is Child Protection and Safeguarding Our Camps?

Child Protection and Safeguarding can be defined as emphasizing children’s rights and needs at the center of the school’s mission and putting their safety and well-being first. Child Safeguarding is the set of policies and practices that schools create to keep children and other stakeholders safe and ensure their well-being. This covers a wide range of topics, including health, safety, secure recruitment, online security, and ensuring that all staff receive training on this subject. It is an extremely sensitive and conscious approach to every area and detail related to the child. 

Child Protection is a part of the “Child Safeguarding” application that involves taking action to protect children who are likely to be harmed or who are already seriously harmed.

WELL-BEING

Well-being generally refers to a state of psychological, intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being. It is the state of students being comfortable, healthy, and happy.

The entire school community has a duty to ensure and protect the mental health and well-being of students. Well-being is at the heart of the school and forms the basis of all work, and it is essential for creating a successful learning environment.

Summer Camp İstanbul aims to create a school climate where a safe, healthy, and happy educational environment for all students is provided, where they can realize their potential, and where people are not excluded based on their religion, race, sect, and education level. Resource opportunities are offered to everyone, and physical and mental health is observed, where awareness-raising activities are frequently carried out about technology addiction, cyberbullying, and peer bullying.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

What is Digital Citizenship for International Summer Camp?

A digital citizen is a person who can criticize while using information and communication resources, knows the ethical consequences of his/her behavior in online environments, and can maintain the ability to make decisions freely.

A digital citizen is someone who can actively, positively, and responsibly participate in both online and offline communities, national or global, through the development of a wide range of competencies. Developing competence in the use of digital technologies, which are constantly evolving and have some disadvantages, is a lifelong process that should begin at an early age in formal and non-formal education environments, both at home and at school.

Since security is one of the most fundamental elements in the digital world, comprehensive training on vital issues such as cyber-security, digital identity, and digital fingerprints is given to both our students and all our employees. In addition, our Online Security Policy is prepared to increase the awareness of our students and employees about online security and a filter application for internet access to protect our students from harmful content. Our students can only access the filtered internet during the hours determined for them.

Our IT Department loans students without computers and laptops with secure, protected, and filtered application programs.

Furthermore, all our teachers are given laptops with secure and protected programs.

As part of our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy, the websites accessed by all our students and employees are monitored and protected through the school network.

HIGH-QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

Our understanding of high-quality education and learning can be defined as teaching that offers our students the opportunity to adapt their learning experiences and basic life skills to daily life.

In this direction, we have based our educational approach on our students’ ability to wonder, think critically, and negotiate while learning. They also gain basic life skills through workshops and apply them in daily life.

With these skills, we enable our students to learn and internalize new and different concepts more deeply with the different learning and experience environments we create.

Our high-quality education and training program also includes raising awareness of multiculturalism and global digital citizenship through international online education programs within the framework of our cyber and online security policy rules. In this regard, we are trying to raise awareness of multiculturalism with online and offline pieces of training we organize for our teachers.

At Summer Camp İstanbul , we care about providing our students with personal development and self-management skills so that they can turn their inherent sense of curiosity into a lifelong learning tool. We believe that both our students and other members of the school community will become more effective citizens of the world as individuals who recognize their own weaknesses and strengths and know how to manage them.

Our academic staff has deep knowledge and understanding of the subjects they teach. They use this deep knowledge and understanding in planning to develop our students’ learning skills, such as willpower, endurance, and perseverance. During this planning, our teachers, starting from the fact that each individual is unique, also include differentiation planning in the curriculum when necessary.

In addition, our teachers plan lessons effectively by using methods that vary according to their temperament, create a positive and pleasant learning environment by motivating their students, and systematically evaluate their students’ learning processes. 

During the lesson, students have the opportunity to develop skills such as questioning, taking responsibility and initiative, critical thinking, using research skills, building and managing teams, working in collaboration, creative problem-solving, and reflective thinking.

Our students are in a learning process where they take responsibility, make their own assessments, reflect on their achievements/learning outcomes, are enthusiastic about purposeful and understandable goals, and are aware of their process and how to reach them.

Our strong technological infrastructure also supports our students and teachers, who benefit from all the physical facilities of our schools, such as rich libraries, observatories, various art workshops, and sports facilities, in their learning processes. 

Thanks to our school’s physical facilities and its location in nature, we have the chance to both discover and observe nature and bring nature to the lessons. With the inclusion of sustainable living clubs and nature discovery programs, our students and school community have the chance to harvest, collect, and extract lavender oil, discover living things in nature, set up weekend nature camps, and empathize with nature.

CIS CODE OF ETHICS

The purpose of the CIS Code of Ethics is to define the ethical principles on which CIS members are expected to base their conduct and professional practice.

Expectations from All CIS Members:

  • Fulfilling the commitments set forth in guiding statements, policies, contracts, and promotional materials,
  • Working for excellence,
  • Creating and nurturing a culture where the education, safety, and well-being of students and other stakeholders are paramount,
  • Complying with applicable laws and regulations,
  • Being respectful of the dignity and equality of all individuals, groups, and cultures,
  • Supporting global citizenship.